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#686 of 1888 Starting Problems 2004 X (6cyl. manual)
Jan 15, 2007 (1:37 pm)
I have read all of the posts just to make sure this hasn't been covered, and I didn't see it, so here goes:
I have a 2004 Wrangler X (6cyl) with 55K miles.
For a bit now, it has had a big problem starting. Meaning that I put the key in the ignition press the clutch all the way to the floor, and pray. It tries really hard to start and takes about 7-10 seconds to actually start. When it does finally turn over and start it smells like gas. Kinda like in the old days when you would press the gas to start your car and it would flood the engine. Except I do know the difference between the gas and the clutch. I've taken it to my mechanic and he has hooked it up to all of the diagnostic units that he has, and can't find anything wrong.
I really don't like the way I was treated the last time I went to my dealer for new lug nuts, so I would rather not hand over any cash to them what-so-ever.
Also, this morning when it finally turned over and started the engine light was on, so I drove it the 50 miles to my mechanic, he told me there had been a misfire on cylinder 6, so he replaced the spark plugs (plus gave me an oil change since I would be due in 150 miles anyway)
Sorry that this is so long but I'm kind of bummed. I love my Jeep. I put a lot of miles on it maybe that's the problem who knows.
Any help would be fantastic!
#688 of 1888 Re: Starting Problems 2004 X (6cyl. manual) [jeeper71]
Jan 15, 2007 (3:08 pm)
One possibility is that you one or more leaking injectors. That will result in fuel dribbling into the cylinders after shutdown. When starting, the fuel system then has to re-pressurize and the flooded cylinders will be reluctant to fire, both of which will delay starting.
#689 of 1888 Re: Transmission Fluid [ufmike]
Jan 24, 2007 (11:38 am)
I'm having the same issue with my 97 Wrangler. I'm aware that the tranny fluid must be poured into the same hole that the tranny dipstick comes out of, but I suspect that at some point my dipsticks were switched. One is very close to the engine oil cap, but that one is much bigger than the other. Which dipstick hole do I use??
#690 of 1888 Re: Transmission Fluid [josieb420]
Jan 24, 2007 (2:21 pm)
Do bear in mind that the post you're referring to concerned a manual transmission. Yours is an automatic and the dipstick is the one closest to the firewall. The tube is much larger in diameter than the one for the engine, and the dipstick itself is longer than the engine one. The handles on the dipsticks should also be marked as to application.
#691 of 1888 a week at the mechanic...
Jan 31, 2007 (11:05 am)
Hi all...just thought I'd vent and hopefully get some feedback about what happened this past week to el jeepo.
Last week the engine was spewing cooland ALL over the place. It looked like Niagara coming from the block. I thought I was doomed and had cracked a head. The next day the mechanic called me up and told me it was the freeze plugs, which made me smile. Either way, he says he had to remove the intake and exhaust manifolds to cleanly get at the plugs in order to replace them ($320). Next we did the front axle seals ($220) and the differential service ($200). Add to that the $600 in new tires i bought last weekend and I'm up to $1300 for the week into my beloved jungle fighter...he is happy, and so am i. While I was at it, I asked my mechanic to throw in some fresh Mobil 1 and give the engine a good cleaning, inside and out. BTW, my mechanic's shop is soooo clean you can sit on the floor and have a sandwich...and feel comfortable enough to pick the loose shards of lettuce off the shop floor...and eat them. A real treat. Anyway, now that I've poured almost 2 grand into the jeep this month alone, I'm ready for a few more upgrades as well as maintenance items. Can anyone suggest other things I should be doing to the Jeep to keep it running as well as it has for the last 10 years (almost).
1998 Jeep Sahara
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BFG AT 32x11.5R15 (and they fit nice!!!)
Miami, FL (i.e. North Cuba)
#692 of 1888 transmission trouble
Jan 31, 2007 (10:44 pm)
I have a 1998 wrangler 4cyl 5 speed . at highway speed it just quit pulling in 5th gear all other gears are fine has any body else had this trouble. thanks
#693 of 1888 High Speed Vibration
Feb 01, 2007 (12:14 pm)
OK....have a situation here of which I would like opinions. I had 4 new tires put on my 1999 Jeep Wrangler. They are off-brand first off but they were free as I won them in a raffle. Jeep drive fine for a day or two then I started noticing a vibration when I reached speeds over 55. I thought maybe the tires were not balanced or threw a weight so had them rotated and balanced. Again drove good for a few days then the vibration cam back. Had one guy notice that around the white letters on all four tires that the side wall was not black but discolored. He said that this was a sign that the belts in the tires were broke. Because of the vibration I was wondering if this might be true but all four tires are showing the same discoloration. Like to know what might be causing the vibration? Prior to putting the tires on I had new shock installed and the Jeep drove fine. Could it be the cheap but free tires...how can I tell? Maybe the shocks have wore out...how can I tell?
#694 of 1888 Re: High Speed Vibration [micbur]
Feb 01, 2007 (2:16 pm)
Free tires are not worth youe life.
Take them off.
Throw them away.
Sounds like these tires have been over inflated.
...happens sometimes when the tires are being mounted.
If the installer is having trouble seating the beads they might bump the air pressure inorder to force the bead into the groove on the rim.
This excessive pressure can strech the tires and ruin them.
Rims should always be cleaned before new tires are mounted. This is almost never done.
If your tire man will not take this step have him remove the tires from the rims and let you clean them up and then let him mount and balance the tires.
The lazy way around cleaning the rims is to seat them with higher pressure.
Using starting fluid (diethyl ether and other things that go boom) is another way to ruin your tires.
But that is another story.
Are your new tires the same size as the old ones?
Is the tread more aggresive?
One way to check the tires for damage is to deflate them as it is easier to check sidewall damage on a deflated tire.
Good luck rattle on.
Feb 04, 2007 (11:11 am)
I recently noticed two small spots of oil on the garage floor where our 1999 jeep has been parked and tried to locate the source. All I can come up with is the bottom oil pan gasket and then the top valve cover gasket which both seem to be an easy fix... Is this a possibility?? Also what is the procedure for cleaning the engine. It isn't too bad though. Roughly what would it cost?
Thanks in advance!! Terry and Leeann